ASIA EXTREME [or films one must read] has begun
releasing a great collection of Asian horror in
the USA. Here is a listing of some of the rescent
releases plus reviews of many of the films.
A young taxi driver looking for a fresh start,
Yong-hyun (Kim Myeong-min), moves into apartment
504 of a crumbling tenement – an eerie building
that seems strangely familiar. He soon discovers
that the previous tenant died mysteriously, burning
to death in the apartment, and that everyone on
Deep in the forest, a man and woman have been
brutally attacked in a cabin and left to die.
Arriving too late, Kang (Gam Woo-sung) chases
the killer only to be hit by a speeding car. Barely
surviving surgery, he now finds himself a prime
suspect in the double murder case. He cannot shake
the feeling that there are strange gaps in his
memory regarding the night in question and the
In Face, police – hot on the trail of a serial
killer who burns away the flesh of his victims
with acid leaving only the bones behind – turn
to Hyun-min (Shin Hyeon-jun, Hi! Dharma 2), a
former forensic sculptor adept in reconstructing
faces by examining and interpreting skulls.....
One night, Kang mistakes a promiscuous couple
for a North Korean spy and shoots without hesitation.
Despite receiving honors, Kang slowly begins to
unravel under the grief of his actions. Losing
his grip on reality, he tries to revert to the
life he once knew. But tensions and paranoia escalate
and further tragedy becomes unavoidable....
for Mr. Vengeance
Life is getting desperate. Because Ryu is deaf,
he isn’t disturbed by the noises of lovemaking
and arguing that permeate the thin walls of the
apartment he shares with his sister. But neither
does he always hear his sister’s cries as the
sick young woman tosses and turns in pain bordering
on agony and who has to toss a whatever object
is at hand at his back in order to get his attention.....
Legend has it, if you climb the 28 stairs leading
to the school dormitory and count each step aloud,
a 29th step will appear and a spirit will grant
you a wish. If you’re intentions are honorable,
your wish can be a blessing of good fortune. But
at this high school, where paranoia and jealousy
reign, malicious wishes are about to unleash an
unspeakable evil. Be careful what you wish for,
some wishes were never meant to be granted...
Based on the Japanese comic of the same name,
Oldboy concerns Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik), an average
family man who is kidnapped and imprisoned in
a “hotel room” for 15 years without explanation....
Tetsuo: The Iron
Somewhere between a modern-day nightmare and
a techno-fetishist's ultimate fantasy, a young
man gradually mutates into a metal being. A surreal
black-and-white journey into a dark and disturbing
Quiet and introverted, Jin-Sung spends most of
his time playing underneath the Acacia tree in
their backyard, away from the family. As the once-dead
Acacia tree in the backyard begins to bloom, terrible
“accidents” start ...
During a wedding reception, a young woman (The
Eye's Angelica Lee) discovers the most recent
victim of the kidney thief terrorizing Hong Kong.
She suspects a mysterious woman (Karena Lam) who
holds a bitter grudge against her...
When things go terribly wrong during a police
raid, Jae-young is killed. Yeo-jin, wrought with
guilt over her loss, begins sleeping with their
clients in a misguided act of penance...
Believed to be a copy-cat crime, detectives Kim
Mi Yun (Jung-ah Yum, A Tale of Two Sisters) and
Kang Tae Hyun (Jin-hee Ji), polar opposites both
professionally and personally, are assigned to
the case. As the investigation continues...
of Two Sisters
If you were thrilled by Hideo Nakata’s Dark Water,
you will love the nerve-wrenching twists and turns
of Korean director, Kim Jee-woon’s A Tale of Two
Sisters; a psychological horror whose scares more
than rival its...
One humid, uncomfortable day, Rinko receives
a strange letter in an envelope inscribed: ‘Your
Husband’s Secrets’. Inside she finds photos of
“Whispering corridors” discloses the reality
of high schools full of abuse and violence and
brings relief to all female high school students
each of whom at least once in school days experienced
terror toward teachers and the classmates...